Pelvic floor dysfunctions are more common than you can imagine and one of the reasons that you may not know this is, ssshhhhhhhhhhh…. we do not talk about them!
Our pelvic floor muscles silently do their job to assist with bladder, bowel and sexual function. They also have a very significant contribution in keeping our core strong and our backs healthy. However, many of us are unaware that these muscles exist and in turn, do very little to keep them healthy and use them appropriately!
Did you know that it is not normal to leak urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze? It’s not normal to have pain when using menstrual products or having intercourse! It’s not normal to feel pressure, heaviness or pain in the pelvic region! And most importantly… Kegel exercises are NOT for everyone and when they are useful, they are often done incorrectly and with the use of all sorts of muscles other than the important ones!
People often ask me, “You do WHAT?”. Pelvic Health Physiotherapists are Registered Physiotherapists who have specialized in the treatment of pelvic health concerns. Like physiotherapists in other settings, our goal is to assist our patients in resuming their daily or nightly activity, as quickly as possible! What makes us different from other physios is our training to assess the pelvic floor muscles directly through the vagina or the rectum. This generally elicits reactions that range from shock to intrigue. Responses are often varied and many are skeptical but that is okay because it gives me the opportunity to discuss a topic that I am incredibly passionate about!! No more whispering… let’s start talking!!!
What does this have to do with The DivaCup and period care? Everything! The pelvic floor muscles are a vital part of DivaCup placement and overall comfort. A healthy pelvic floor will help to create worry-free use of this product that has so many incredible benefits from a “healthy pelvis” perspective.
You can learn more about pelvic health physiotherapy here as well as find support with one today by searching online. If you are within Canada, Pelvic Health Solutions has a list of practicing pelvic health physiotherapists in Ontario and Alberta.
Keri Martin Vrbanac
Registered Physiotherapist/Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
B.A., B.P.H.E., B.Sc (P.T.)
Keri is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and the owner of A Body In Motion Rehabilitation in ON, Canada. Keri has been practising physiotherapy since 1997 where she graduated with distinction with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Keri’s career as a physiotherapist has brought her to Australia, the United States of America and back to Canada where she has settled in Conestogo with her husband and her two amazing little girls! Keri’s passion for pelvic health is contagious and she continues with ongoing education to fuel her passion and remain current. Keri is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, The Ontario Physiotherapy Association, The International Pelvic Pain Association, The National Vulvodynia Association, and The Association for Continence. You can contact Keri at firstname.lastname@example.org.